Virtual Data Storage Solutions

Business operations may be interrupted by a computer malfunction, power outage, or any other type of disaster. Data storage solutions help protect important documents and permit them to be retrieved quickly in the event of a catastrophe. What are the best choices for data storage? This article focuses on the features, advantages and drawbacks of virtual data storage solutions to help businesses determine the best solution for them.

Storage solutions are methods to store and archive computer data, be it in optical, electronic or digital formats. They can be stored on premises or in remote devices or online (in cloud). They are typically used by large businesses to improve the efficiency of data storage and resiliency. This can be achieved using storage area networks (SAN), network-attached-storage (NAS) software defined storage, or hybrid storage technology.

Virtualized storage can also be referred to as storage-virtualization. This technology was developed in the last few years. It dissociates storage management from the hardware, allowing for the abstraction of drives and disks into a single pool of storage capacity. This allows for easier scaling up performance, improve performance and lower costs.

The most popular type of virtual storage is VMware vSAN that is an open port-based SAN that makes use of software to manage a centralized pool of storage on inexpensive hardware. vSAN is easily expandable and reused by adding or removing drives without disrupting the applications. It can be integrated with VMware NSX for multi-cloud deployments. It enables organizations to move data blocks to cloud storage on public cloud, and supports advanced storage functions like snapshots, cloning, and replication.

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